The winner won’t see Lionel Messi and Argentina until the Copa America Centenario final, while the loser sees them on Saturday.
Those are the stakes when Venezuela and Mexico tangle at 8 p.m.in Houston on Monday. Though Argentina’s status as the Group D winner isn’t certain, it’s quite close to that.
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Mexico, meanwhile, has looked as good as anyone in topping Uruguay 3-1 and Jamaica 2-0. Venezuela has scored twin 1-0 wins over the same opponents, and won’t be a walkover for El Tri.
The winner will likely see Panama or Chile.
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The other matchup of Group C will have Jamaica and Uruguay hoping to bow out at the group stage in style. That starts at 10 p.m. ET from Seattle.